Ok, so maybe it wasn't too unrealistic to say I'd have a warp on by my birthday. As of this morning, it's officially on! Yay! I'm glad I made the decision to use yarn that wouldn't be difficult or problematic. I wanted my first one on to be fast and smooth, to get me back in the groove. Now that it's on, the next step is threading it. I should be able to get the right number of heddles on the right harnesses, but don't think I'll get to start threading today.
I'll confess, I'm feeling really happy about it.